Calls for school system changes

A concerned father is calling for a reform of the Education Department’s disciplinary systems after an alleged assault at a Colac district government school.

A concerned father is calling for a reform of the Education Department’s disciplinary systems after an alleged assault at a Colac district government school.

The concerned father contacted the Herald after his child was allegedly assaulted at school on May 24.

He said his child was too scared to return to school because the alleged attackers continued to attend classes.

Colac police are investigating the incident.

An Education Department spokesperson said the department was aware of the incident, and that the department took the wellbeing and safety of students in its schools extremely seriously.

“We are aware of a concerning incident that occurred in Colac on 24 May, where a student from a Victorian government school was allegedly assaulted,” the spokesperson said.

“While the incident occurred outside the school, the school has taken disciplinary action against the alleged instigators.

“As police are investigating this matter, it is inappropriate to comment further about this incident.

“The school is committed to ensuring its students are safe and supported at school, and has taken steps to support the student’s safe return to school.”

But the father said that his child had not been to school for weeks following the alleged assault because they didn’t feel safe or supported to return.

The father said he understood the situation was foreign to the school because it had not dealt with an incident such as this before, but his concerns were with the Education Department’s process for dealing with verbal and physical assault.

“The intention of me coming forward is basically to not blame anybody, but for people to actually take a look at the system which has allowed this outcome to happen,” he said.

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